Image from 1915 Suffolk Chronicle & Mercury newspaper.
Born: 11th November 1897, Ipswich.
Died: 21st December 1914; age 17; KiA – Allonagne, France.
Residence: 192, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.
Employed: as an Engineer’s Pattern Maker Apprentice, in the Pattern Shop, at Ransomes, Sims & Jefferies, Orwell Works, Ipswich.
Enlistment Location: Ipswich; Date: 20th January 1913; age: 15; Occupation: Pattern Maker.
Joined as a Band Boy, but not caring for this branch transferred to the ranks.
Date of Entry Therein: 8th November 1914.
Rank: Private; Service Number: 1536
Regiment: Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion, ‘D’ Company.
Medals Awarded: Victory, British War & 1914 Star.
Pas de Calais,
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of W.P. & Elizabeth Garrett, of 192, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.
1901 15, Derby Road, Ipswich.
William was 3 years old and living with his parents & brother.
William Patterson Garrett, 35, a Wood Pattern maker – Foundry, born Hammersmith, London.
Elizabeth Garrett (nee Goodall), 35, born Ramsholt, Suffolk.
Stanley Frank Garrett, 9, born Ipswich.
1911 192, Foxhall Road, Ipswich..
William was 13 years old, an Engineer’s Office Boy. He was living with his parents, brother & cousin.
William, 45, an Engineer’s Pattern maker – Engineering.
Stanley, 19, an Engineer’s Fitter & Turner – General Engineers.
Cyril Stanley Ash, 6, born Ipswich.
William attended Clifford Road Council School, Ipswich.
A member of the Church Lads’ Brigade, and secretary for the Old Boys’ Football Association.
Soldiers’ Effects to William P. Garrett & Elizabeth Garrett – parents.
Suffolk Regiment, 4th Battalion:
On 20th December 1914 the 4th Battalion the Suffolk’s reached the village of Givenchy next to La Bombe Crossroads, near Neuve-Chapelle, and La Bassée Canal. Setting out from the village of Givenchy-lès-la-Bassée, B Company crossed the canal and joined the 1st Manchester Regiment at the Village line. C- Company on the edge of the canal rise and D-Company in the support trenches at the brewery. A-Company became the reserve in Cuinchy. During that afternoon the Germans attacked and captured a large part of the village but were repelled by the 1st Battalion the Manchester Regiment and “B”- Company 4th Suffolk Regiment Casualties were recorded as “light” this was one of the first battles the 4th Battalion took part in of the defence of Givenchy. 22nd December the Battalion left the line returning to Beuvry.